Nathaniel Hackett was fired by the Denver Broncos in late December after just 15 games with the team, which made him the shortest tenured head coach in franchise history. The front office cannot afford to make another disastrous hire and have already started the search by taking a big swing.
The Broncos have reportedly set up interviews with Sean Payton and Jim Harbaugh. Of course, both candidates come with ample NFL coaching experience. Payton led the New Orleans Saints to a Super Bowl title in 2009 and Harbaugh led the San Francisco 49ers to a Super Bowl appearance in 2012.
Payton has been away from the NFL for one year as a part of the Fox Sports pregame broadcasting crew. He has made it clear that he wants to return to the sidelines, though, and has started recruiting other legends to be his coordinators. Keep in mind there is one small hitch when it comes to Payton.
The Saints own the rights to Payton's contract through 2024, meaning it would take a trade to acquire the storied coach. Recent reports claim New Orleans is seeking a first-round pick in return. That's going to be a tough ask for Denver considering its lack of draft capital after trading for Russell Wilson.
Meanwhile, Harbaugh has hinted that he would consider returning to the NFL if offered a contract despite the success he has found in eight seasons at Michigan. The Wolverines just made the College Football Playoff semifinal as the Big Ten champion before losing to TCU in a 51-45 shootout.
No matter what, the next head coach in Denver is going to be surrounded by high expectations. This is a roster that is stacked with talent on paper, but it is not showing up on the field. The Broncos will look to end the season on a high note in a Week 18 showdown against the Los Angeles Chargers.
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